Composers, musicians, songwriters
: What steps do you take to create a piece of music from scratch? Additional questions about working as a composer, music software, planning processes, etc. inside. [more inside]
posted by matticulate
on Nov 23, 2010 -
So I was listening to the sound check for the upcoming U2 concert yesterday from my house, which is just over 2km from the stadium. I could tell that the sound was immensely loud at the source even though it wasn't rattling my windows or anything. How did I know it was a huge sound at a distance rather than coming from nearby? What auditory cues tell us this?
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets
on Nov 22, 2010 -
How to identify the music used to close today's 15 Nov. program The Strand on BBC World Service. I've searched the BBC Website(s) but failed to find it.
posted by NorthCoastCafe
on Nov 15, 2010 -
Could very old (16th Century) cannons be heard five miles away? This is pretty important for a story I'm writing. I know that later, huge artillery pieces could be heard for many miles, but these would be small iron pieces for a small military outpost. On a calm day, could their sound travel that far?
posted by bagadonuts
on Nov 11, 2010 -
Mixer (Yamaha EMX 312 SC) is muffling the vocals. Awful sound. Help? [more inside]
posted by hasna
on Nov 1, 2010 -
I'm trying to find the name of an old short film (circa 70's-90's) about a Foley artist / showman performing Foley sound effects live to a film that is being projected in an ornate theater, with a number of props laid out in front of him. [more inside]
posted by SmileyChewtrain
on Oct 27, 2010 -
How did producer Gary Katz get those Steely Dan records to sound so much "cleaner" than the other popular music being recorded at the time?
posted by Joe Beese
on Oct 26, 2010 -
Is it possible to use an all female 3.5mm splitter backwards to allow two inputs into one set of speakers? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter
on Oct 22, 2010 -
When is really the best time to fish for salmon in the Puget Sound / Georgia Straight area? Is it exclusively a late fall/early winter sport? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on Oct 22, 2010 -
I have a 14-channel mixer. During a live performance I want to play some channels to loudspeakers while simultaneously recording, but I want the recording to contain more channels that are not played through the loudspeakers. Details and diagrams within. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Oct 15, 2010 -
Please suggest a replacement podium microphone with two main goals in mind: Reduce or eliminate popping noise from close talkers, and increased sensitivity for picking up people not speaking directly into it. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Oct 6, 2010 -
How can I universally raise the volume of my Macbook Pro? My maximum volume frequently isn't loud enough. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich
on Sep 23, 2010 -
I'm looking for information about careers in audio, sound and music within the film and television industries. Info like how to find an entry level job/internship, size of the industry, average income, etc for jobs like sound designer, audio editor, production sound mixer, dialogue editor, composer, foley etc. Thanks!
posted by Charlie Lesoine
on Sep 20, 2010 -
Is there a term in linguistics for the residual accent a non-native speaker has when speaking English? [more inside]
posted by Biru
on Sep 17, 2010 -
Recommend a very decent sound card that's also affordable
posted by watercarrier
on Sep 12, 2010 -
How much could the speakers built into iPhones be auditorily improved if price were no object? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Aug 26, 2010 -
I'm trying to figure out what this sound is: specifically heard in the summer, in the woods - either a frog or some sort of insect I think (not crickets though). Could be described as "cheet-cheet-cheet-cheet" repeated.
example can be found in the very beginning of the R.E.M. song "You Are Everything" from the album Green.
Super bonus question: would love to find a recording of this to purchase/download.
posted by staveitoff123
on Aug 4, 2010 -
More and more bands these days are releasing their albums on vinyl, which I think is really cool. However, isn't most recording these days digital? In that case, does the vinyl copy provide any auditory advantage? [more inside]
posted by mekily
on Jul 22, 2010 -
Every few days there is a huge BOOM! that seems to emanate from Boston Harbor. It really echoes throughout downtown. What causes it?
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Jul 19, 2010 -
Why do the pipes in my house make a groaning sound when the front sprinklers turn on in the morning? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game
on Jul 1, 2010 -
What is this recurring deep, loud
buzzing sound (and vibrations) in my house? It only happens in one spot, and many members of the family have heard/felt it. (No, getting it checked out is not an option currently on the table, I'll explain below). [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Jun 24, 2010 -
I'm considering purchasing a pair of Bose Companion 3 speakers at a local retailer where I receive a hefty discount. I should be able to leave with them for roughly $175 as opposed to the retail $250. Is this a justifiable purchase? [more inside]
posted by vmrob
on Jun 21, 2010 -
Has anyone done a Killawatt (or similar) analysis of an EcoTune Duet
sound machine? I am trying to find average running costs for this. Our current white noise machine of choice is a fan that runs at 38 watts. I've priced the rotary fan motor-based Marpac Sleepmate
but at 13 watts max volume by Killawatt there just isn't enough delta between this and an actual fan.
posted by meehawl
on Jun 20, 2010 -
i need an airhorn for tomorrow (Saturday) - where can I buy one locally? [more inside]
posted by denaps
on Jun 18, 2010 -
Ding! Who said that? I'm looking for a Windows (XP) utility that logs which apps send sounds to the speaker, so I can tell where random little dings and stuff come from.
posted by Myself
on Jun 14, 2010 -
Was the "shing" sound in this logo animation
created with a synthesizer? If so (or if it could have been done that way), how? I have the typical audio FX software installed and would like to know how to create a nice synthetic SHINGGGG! sound. [more inside]
posted by circular
on Jun 1, 2010 -
Does anyone remember a downloadable bios patch to fix sound problems on an HP Pavillion PC? I need it! [more inside]
posted by Eicats
on May 14, 2010 -
Is there an objective way to measure audio fidelity? If so, what is it? In other words, what quality of headphones and speakers makes the differences in sound quality?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy
on May 2, 2010 -
What, besides the volume, distinguishes the sound ("timbre") of a string quartet and chamber orchestra? Put another way, if I took a recording of myself singing, and overlaid 100 copies of the track on top of each other, would I sound like a choir section?
posted by Busoni
on Apr 24, 2010 -
I want to record/create/find the kind of groaning/sudden pinging/twanging noise you get when a large metal structure is under a lot of stress. Suggestions for how to achieve this? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen
on Apr 14, 2010 -
How can I listen to music from my PC on a home theater while utilizing my sub woofer? I have my PC in a different room, hooked up with an optical cable to my home theater receiver. When I play music from iTunes on my PC, the sound only comes out of my main floor speakers and not my sub woofer. Is this possible with regular music tracks? [more inside]
posted by dpollitt
on Apr 13, 2010 -
I have a soundcard with a MIDI port. Is there software out there that would allow me to change the tuning of my MIDI keyboard and play it in real-time through my speakers?
posted by archagon
on Mar 26, 2010 -
What purpose does the ball inside a whistle serve? My kid just got a clear whistle and watching him use it... the ball just sits there.
posted by Paleoindian
on Mar 20, 2010 -